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Design Thinking & Collaboration: A TEDx BeaconStreet Adventure


However hard we try, some of the best ideas remain out of reach of the people that need it the most.

TED and TEDx have done a superb job of distributing the best ideas, but often it’s not enough. One of the best tools you can teach people is how to participate in Design Thinking sessions. The discipline of working through problems with a methodology that generates creative and innovative ideas is invaluable. In an experiment to teach the power of Design Thinking to some of Boston’s best and brightest, we hosted a TEDxBeaconStreet Adventure. Our goal was to use these techniques of collaboration to find solutions for local problems in the areas of water, food, housing and education. We also asked our guests to consider how their local solutions could be scaled to provide bigger global solutions.

We gathered at the Boston Public Library for an amazing evening of collaboration. The event, hosted jointly by our brilliant friends at Communispace and our own team of design facilitators, was designed to give this gathering of professors, entrepreneurs, artists, scientists and creative geniuses, the tools to take local solutions to a global level. Watch the video to see how teams worked collaboratively to empathetically find new ways for solving some of Boston’s biggest and oldest problems.

The video captured the real essence of the event and shows the immediate impact that Design Thinking can have on the problems around us. Spread the word!

Author Richard Banfield

As CEO, Richard leads Fresh Tilled Soil’s strategic vision. He’s a mentor at TechStars and BluePrintHealth, an advisor and lecturer at the Boston Startup School, and serves on the executive committees of TEDxBoston, the AdClub’s Edge Conference, and Boston Regional Entrepreneurship Week.

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